Diebert brings up win 500
Paul Diebert left it late to claim his 500th winner in Queensland, Steering home Ale Ale Kai in the last event on the program.
“I was unaware it was my 500th win, I actually didn’t find out until the next day when Dan Costello posted it on Facebook,” Diebert said.
“I thought I was getting close, but I try not to think where I’m at.
“It made me reminisce about when I first started, and I never thought I would get 500 winners.
“After I finished my claim I went to Western Australia and struggled to find my feet over there, and coming back here I started to get a few wins and get a really good go at it.”
Starting in the second row on the fence, Diebert trailed leader Karloo Mac for the vast majority of the race, peeling off his back coming into the final turn to swoop past and claim a narrow 1.1 metre victory.
“I was worried about getting away at the start and just wanted to hold my spot behind the leader and with no sprint lane at Marburg so was always looking for the opportunity to get out coming around the back of the course,” Diebert said.
“I had momentum in my favour and got out without having to do too much excessive work, and we sprinted up the straight pretty quick.”
Diebert sits a clear fifth in the Queensland Drivers Premiership with 121 wins, six short of Grant Dixon in fourth place.
However, the 25-year-old isn’t looking towards the next milestone, instead focusing on getting to as many meetings as possible to hone his craft.
“I just want to keep concentrating on my driving and going to as many meetings as I can to drive winners,” Diebert said.
“I’ve never really sat down to map out any long term goals about where I want to head, but I just want to keep going out there and doing what I’ve bene doing over the last 15 months.”